Invest in the UK and gain residency
If you're looking to move yourself, your family or your business to the UK, we can help you apply for the right visa. More than that, our comprehensive service will ensure that every aspect of your move is taken care of.
Our immigration, forex, financial planning and accounting teams will all ensure that you and your assets migrate to the UK in the most efficient way.
The UK has always been popular for investors and entrepreneurs
The UK has long been an attractor of long-term foreign direct investment. A stable economic, political and social environment has helped the UK position itself at the centre of most of the world’s trade.
With a Tier 1 visa, you and your family can move to this dynamic country and begin furthering your business and residency ambitions.
UK immigration for investors has never been easier
In the current climate, the UK is keener than ever to attract new entrepreneurs and investors. We are perfectly positioned to help you transfer your funds to the UK and secure a second residency, and eventually nationality, for you and your family.
The UK Tier 1 (Investor) visa
The Tier 1 (Investor) visa allows high-net-worth individuals to invest a large sum of money into the UK.
You can apply for the UK Investor visa if you:
- Can invest £2 million or more in the UK
- Are over the age of 18
- Have a UK bank account
- Can prove that the money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner
Your funds must be:
- Available to invest in the UK and held in a regulated financial institution
- Disposable (free to spend) in the UK
Tier 1 (Investor) visa benefits
One of the fastest UK visa applications
The whole process, from submitting an application to getting a visa, does not take more than three months. Home Office would normally make a decision on your application within 15 days. You can speed it up by paying extra £500 for a priority service.
Bring your family with you to the UK
Your spouse or unmarried partner as well as minor children can be included in your UK investor visa application.
Fewer requirements than most other visas
You do not need to demonstrate your work experience, provide proof of education or take an English test.
Live like a UK citizen
You and your family can work, do business and study in the UK while enjoying comforts and safety of everyday life in a modern European country. Your investment will buy you access to high standards of healthcare, education and security.
A variety of investment options
It is profitable to invest in shares of UK companies. You will be the one making decisions where to invest, and you will always stay in control. After your visa expires or you get indefinite leave to remain you can sell the shares.
Stay up to five years in the UK
The UK Investor visa is valid for three years and four months if you apply outside the UK, and three years if you apply in the country. It can be extended for another two years or you can apply for settlement straight away, depending on how much you have invested.
A fast route to British citizenship
If you invest more than £2,000,000, you can apply for British citizenship after five years living in the UK. You can, however, reduce the time it takes to settle in the UK by increasing your investment amount. An investment of £5 million will enable you to apply to settle after three years.
A £10 million investment will allow you to settle after two years. This makes the Investor visa one of the fastest routes to a UK passport.
Bespoke investment solutions
We can tailor an investment package to your specific requirements depending on your risk appetite and long term-goals.
While low-, medium- and higher-risk options are available to all investors, our independent financial advisors will try to ensure that long-term goals are put in place.
We understand that wealth is not built through high-risk, short-term investments, but rather through conscientious studying of long-term trends and the active management of risk. This ethos carries through into any investment you make as part of the Tier 1 (Investor) visa scheme.
Tier 1 (Investor) visa restrictions
There are certain professions that you may not pursue as well as some companies you may not invest in if you wish to secure a UK investor visa.
You cannot work as a:
- Professional sports coach or
You may not invest funds in companies involved in:
- Property investment
- Property management
- Property development
As with all Tier 1 visas, you will not be able to access public funds.
The UK Start-up visa is for new entrepreneurs who want to set up a new business in the UK for the first time. A big drawcard of this visa is that you do not need to be a graduate or have secured any initial funding to apply. You must, however, have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which has been approved by an endorsing body.
Start-up visa requirements
In addition to the above, you must also:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Meet the English language requirement
- Be able to prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK
Bring your family along with you
Your family can join you as your dependants. Their visas will be valid for the same length of time as yours. There are financial and eligibility requirements that must be met before your dependants can apply.
Switch to a Start-up visa
If you’re in the UK on an eligible visa, you may be able to switch to this visa. You will need to meet the requirements of the Start-up visa to make the switch.
How long you can stay in the UK on a Start-up visa
The Start-up visa is valid for two years.
The UK Innovator visa is suitable for experienced businesspersons who are looking to set up a business in the UK. Your business idea must be different from anything else that’s currently on the market.
Innovator visa requirements
You can apply for an Innovator visa if:
- You want to set up and run an innovative business in the UK
- Your business or business idea has been endorsed by an approved body
- You meet the English language requirement
- You are at least 18 years old
- You can prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK
You must have at least £50,000 in investment funds. You’ll need to prove where you got your funding from.
You do not need any investment funds if one of the following apply:
- Your business is already established and has been endorsed for an earlier visa
- You’ve changed your business and already agreed it with your endorsing body
How long you can stay in the UK on an Innovator visa
The Innovator visa is valid for three years. You can apply to extend your stay for another three years before your initial visa expires. There is no limit on the number times you can extend the Innovator visa.
The Innovator visa leads to permanent residency in the UK and you can apply to settle once you’ve been in the UK for three years.
Your family can join you in the UK
Your partner and children under 18 can apply to join you in the UK as your dependants. Their visa will be valid for the same period as yours. There are financial and eligibility requirements that must be met before your dependants can apply.
Switch to an Innovator visa
If you’re in the UK on eligible visa you may be able to switch to this visa. You will need to meet the requirements of the Innovator visa to make the switch.
Expand your business into the UK
If you’re a business owner and you’d like to expand your operation internationally, now is the perfect time to invest in the UK. Our team of accountants can help you set up a UK branch or subsidiary, while our nationality team helps to relocate both you and your business.
Helping foreign business in the UK since 1995
Our accounting division specialises in UK business immigration. As a firm that was founded by a South African who moved to the UK in 1995, we know what it takes to relocate and start up an operation in the UK.
Helping you grow with your business
Our goal is to provide you with all the help you need so that you can focus on driving your business forward while we take care of the admin. The services we offer are especially beneficial to business owners who are looking to relocate themselves, their businesses and possibly their family.
Get in touch with our experienced advisors below and they’ll set up a free consultation for you.
We offer a range of services to foreign businesses in the UK, including:
UK business registration and provision of a registered office
UK bank account setup
Payroll, VAT and Corporation Tax registration
Immigration advice and solutions, including Tier 1 visa and work visa applications
Accounting services and tax advice
Facilitating international money transfers
Advice on working regulations and legal structures in the UK
UK company secretarial services